Parrot In The Oven: Mi vida

Paperback | December 28, 2004

byVictor MartinezIllustratorSteve Scott

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Dad believed people were like money. You could be a thousand-dollar person or a hundred-dollar person -- even a ten-, five-, or one-dollar person. Below that, everybody was just nickels and dimes. To my dad, we were pennies.

Fourteen-year-old Manny Hernandez wants to be more than just a penny. He wants to be a vato firme, the kind of guy people respect. But that′s not easy when your father is abusive, your brother can′t hold a job, and your mother scrubs the house as if she can wash her troubles away.

In Manny′s neighborhood, the way to get respect is to be in a gang. But Manny′s not sure that joining a gang is the solution. Because, after all, it′s his life -- and he wants to be the one to decide what happens to it.

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Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, "Parrot in the Oven" tells the story of a Mexican-American boy's coming of age in the face of poverty, abuse, and cultural discrimination. "A rare and consummately believable portrait of barrio life."--"Publisher's Weekly"

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Dad believed people were like money. You could be a thousand-dollar person or a hundred-dollar person -- even a ten-, five-, or one-dollar person. Below that, everybody was just nickels and dimes. To my dad, we were pennies. Fourteen-year-old Manny Hernandez wants to be more than just a penny. He wants to be a vato firme, the kind of ...

Victor Martinez was born and raised in Fresno, California, the fourth in a family of twelve children. He attended California State University at Fresno and Stanford University, and has worked as a field laborer, welder, truck driver, firefighter, teacher, and office clerk. His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared in journals ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.56 inPublished:December 28, 2004Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064471861

ISBN - 13:9780064471862

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, "Parrot in the Oven" tells the story of a Mexican-American boy's coming of age in the face of poverty, abuse, and cultural discrimination. "A rare and consummately believable portrait of barrio life."--"Publisher's Weekly"

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"A brilliant, witty memoir of a Mexican-American adolescence."-- "U.S. News & Report""A rare and consummately believable portrait of barrio life."-- "Publishers Weekly" (Starred review)